Mental Health & The Church

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Accessed July 12, 2017.

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, lost their son, Matthew, in 2013 to mental illness. Though for years the church offered support and recovery groups, it mainly focused on Christian discipleship as a means to recover from hurts, habits, and hang-ups. {{Celebrate Recovery |}} (CR), developed by John Baker, Saddleback Minister of Celebrate Recovery, is now a nationwide recovery support curriculum. After Matthew Warren’s death, Rick and Kay determined to learn about and promote a more holistic understanding of mental illness. Kay Warren’s website links to resources by leading professional, support and advocacy organizations. In addition, a Hope for Mental Health Ministry Starter Kit and Hope for Mental Health Pastors DVD are available. Clergy, lay leaders, adult and youth small groups will find ample material for personal and ministry development.